Quick facts from BI Summit 2012, part 2

On day two of the annual gathering of SA's BI practitioners, we pick out the tweets that caught the most attention during the opening sessions.

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On day two of the annual gathering of SA's BI practitioners, we pick out the tweets that caught the most attention during the opening sessions.

1. Business doesn't want wrong answer fast, or right answer too late, wants sufficiently correct answer fast enough to action a decision. - Keynote speaker Dr Barry Devlin, founder and principal, 9sight Consulting

2. What's the difference between a data modeller and a terrorist? You can negotiate with a terrorist. - Devlin

3. Empower users to innovate, focus IT on core data quality and performance, close the business-IT gap. - Devlin

4. The only thing worse than an IT-led BI initiative is a vendor-led BI initiative. Data must be business-led. - Bill Hoggarth, divisional director, CQS Performance Solutions

5. User experience expectations for BI are being set by Google (speed) and Apple (usability, design). - Hoggarth

6. There are more iPads in businesses than BI user licenses. - Hoggarth

7. Bad BI tools aren't only wasting time/effort/data - can also cause damage, eg sending mail addressed to dead clients. - Hoggarth

8. We are data rich, but information poor. - Carlos Celestino, head of BI and Technology, Nedbank Business Banking

9. You can't say "Open source is good software" any more than you can say "Commercial software is good software". - Mark Stacey (@MarkGStacey)

10. Don't convince users to use your tools instead of Excel/PowerPoint. Embed the BI in those from the start. - Stacey

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